The Barrett-Jackson Magic is at WestWorld of Scottsdale March 20–27
A highlight of the many highlights at Barrett-Jackson 2021 Scottsdale: Craig Jackson has opened the doors of his Arizona garage to offer his first-year Shelby GT 350 –– a car that clearly announced that not all Mustangs were pony cars but potent thoroughbreds ready for any stoplight or any track.
Jackson’s meticulously restored 1965 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1395), the first Triple-Crown Winning model, leads a superb stable of 1960s-era Shelby collectibles into WestWorld of Scottsdale, March 20–27, all offered at No Reserve.
In addition, the 50th iteration of the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions” in Scottsdale will also showcase a number of Shelbys; the distinguished Raser Chevrolets, including 24 Corvettes, Bel Airs and SS Chevelles and other Bow Tie models; the Larry Winkler Collection, featuring 1,100-plus pieces of automobilia and more than 90 cars and motorcycles; Mopar classics including two 1970 Superbirds; many charity cars and trucks; and the return of the popular Barrett-Jackson Cup Competition.
“We sincerely appreciate the efforts made by the city of Scottsdale to help us return to an auction that will look and feel much like our annual January event, with extensive national and local safety precautions in place,” says Jackson, chairman and CEO of Scottsdale-based Barrett-Jackson, established in 1971. “We look forward to welcoming you, our bidders, consigners and guests, to WestWorld in March.”
A Superlative ’Stang & More Mustang Muscle
One of just 562 built by Shelby American for the 1965 model year, Jackson’s Shelby GT350 was used by Shelby American as a public relations car and discovered in Southern Texas five years ago with only 19,000 miles. The museum-quality restoration required 2,000-plus man-hours, with all original components rebuilt or replaced with correct date-coded original parts.
Beginning its Triple-Crown run, this very special car took Gold in Division One at the Mid-America Ford and Shelby Meet in 2017; a year later, the GT350 captured Mustang Club of America (MCA) Gold in the Thoroughbred Class and the Premier Award from the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) at SAAC-43, a third Gold. In addition, the classic Mustang won the Authenticity Award from the MCA –– the first time for a 1965 Shelby GT350.
“I believe this is simply the best 1965 Shelby GT350 on the planet, and the car has an incredible pedigree,” Jackson says. “While parting with this impeccable Shelby is difficult, I have every confidence that this Shelby will make history in Scottsdale while also demonstrating the resiliency of the collector car hobby. I’m very proud of this historic car, as well as the other spectacular Shelby Mustangs crossing the block.”
From the collection of racing legend Rick Hendrick is a 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible (Lot #1368), one of only 517 built and only one of the 50 Shelby Special Order Mustangs painted in dazzling Special Yellow. Featuring the 428-cid Ford Cobra Jet engine, it shows slightly more than 20,000 miles.
Another Shelby, a matching-numbers 1968 GT500KR (Lot #1308), has had a no-expense-spared restoration. In Lime Gold with a saddle bucket seat interior, the Shelby Registry car has had the same owner since 1979 and includes its original owner’s manual signed by Carroll Shelby.
Two additional Shelbys are a 1966 GT350 (Lot #1304.1) and a 1967 Shelby GT500 (Lot #1297). Fully restored with the original 289-cid V-8 and 4-speed manual, the first was owned by Speed TV co-founder Roger Williams and then the Valley’s Ron Pratte. The second was rotisserie-restored as a Division II Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) show car and sold to Bob Gains, Shelby master judge; he restored it again, with many original parts, as a Division I show car.
“Barrett-Jackson will have an exceptional selection of Shelby Mustangs available in Scottsdale in March,” says Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The heritage and historical significance represented by these Shelby Mustangs crossing our block will be fantastic. I know that Carroll Shelby would be proud that we’re continuing his legacy with these stunning cars bearing his name crossing the auction block.”
A Collection of Chevys
The two-dozen classics from the Raser Collection extend from a 1952 3100 pickup (Lot #1051.2) to three 1970 Chevelle LS6s, the highest-horsepower muscle cars of the era.
“We are honored that so many collectors turn to Barrett-Jackson when it’s time to sell their collections,” Jackson says. “It’s rare to have a collection of this quality and scale that focuses on a single automaker. The Chevrolets represented in this collection range from survivors to vehicles that were meticulously restored to concours level.”
Finished in Onyx Black, a frame-off-restored 1957 Sedan Delivery Wagon (Lot #1052) is one of 92 built; the 270-horsepower V-8 connects with dual four-barrel carburetors. From the same year, a Nomad Wagon (Lot #1316.1) posted a perfect score of 1,000 at the Eklers Chevy Classic Club Inter-national Convention; it has the upgraded Power Pack V-8 and Powerglide automatic.
And, a two-owner 1955 Bel Air convertible (Lot #1054.1) displays all original components as well as the deluxe chrome package and a rare rear-bumper Continental kit.
One of the 1970 Chevelle LS6s (Lot #1317.1) received a two-plus-year restoration. All the Chevelle’s parts were replaced or rebuilt, including the original LS6 engine, Muncie M22 4-speed manual transmission and 12-bolt posi-traction rear. A well-optioned 1969 Chevelle SS 396 (Lot# 1051.1) has the L34 Turbo Jet engine with a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic.
Other Chevrolets in the Raser Collection include a 1956 Bel Air Custom Sedan Delivery (Lot #1051.3), one of 300 produced and completely refurbished and professionally reassembled; a 1956 Bel Air Convertible (Lot #1316), restored by Steinmetz Chevy Restorations; and a 1957 Chevrolet 150 Utility Business Sedan (Lot #1053), “the Salesman Car,” a drag race special with all General Motors part numbers and proper date codes.
“The Raser Collection gives bidders the chance to own the classic Chevrolet of their dreams,” says Davis. “These well-preserved and carefully restored vehicles provide a special example of Chevrolet’s dominance in design and engineering. Any one of these collectible Chevrolets will make an incredible addition to a collection.”
And, the Larry Winkler Collection features approximately 35 vehicles, 45 motorcycles and 400-plus pieces of automobilia, including 20 neon signs, 10 original kiddie rides and hundreds of pieces related to auto dealerships and soda manufacturers. Every vehicle and item will be sold at No Reserve.
Two supercars are a 2020 Ferrari Pista (#1374.2) and a 1999 Vector M12 (#1372.1). A 1932 Ford Tudor Custom Coupe (#431) is also on the docket. The motorcycles include a 1947 Harley-Davison Knucklehead (#182) and 1974 BMW R-90S (#162).
“Automotive collectors like Larry Winkler are truly rare,” says Davis. “The diversity, breadth and quality of the vehicles, motorcycles and automobilia pieces that make up his collection is remarkable. Not only does he appreciate design, but as an avid racer, he appreciates the heritage and performance.”
Cars for All Garages, A Competition for all Comers
Barrett-Jackson has always been the place to find your dream car from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and beyond: As a teenager, you saw a gorgeous combination of style, sex appeal and speed and knew that one day you would have to have it. Looking for your dream? Barrett-Jackson has it.
From the 1950s is a 1953 Aztec Red Cadillac Eldorado Custom Convertible (Lot #1314), designed by GM master stylist Harley Earl. Just 532 iterations of “the golden one” were produced, each with oodles of chrome, a svelte beltline and a wraparound windshield. Only 200 are believed to exist. Builder Noah Stevens and fabricator Curtis Harlan from Mile High Classics in Denver replaced the original 1953 V-8 with a new Chevrolet Performance LS3 6.2-liter, 430-horsepower, fuel-injected crate engine including an Edelbrock Pro-Flo 4 EFI system.
Another Resto-Mod, from nearly a quarter century later, is a 1976 Ford B-100 wagon, “El Chapo” (Lot #1306.1). In addition, Barrett-Jackson Builds, in its first project, will offer a custom 1969 Ford Mustang fastback (Lot #1039) with a matching custom-built guitar: the Fender Custom ’69 Stratocaster®. “If the Fender Stratocaster was a car, it would be a Mustang Fastback,” says Mike Lewis, vice president of product development at the Fender Custom Shop. “Barrett-Jackson builds dream cars, and we build dream guitars.”
Three Dodge Power Wagons are also being offered: a custom from 1949 (Lot #1329), an original from 1952 (Lot #1022.1) and a 1952 custom Pickup (Lot #1321.1). And, from the last year of the Eisenhower decade are a pair of Corvette Corvettes (Lot #1419 and Lot #1419.1), sold as a pair.
Two rotisserie-restored 1970 Plymouth Superbirds are in Tor Red (Lot #1430), with a date-code-correct 440-cid, 375-horse V-8, and Alpine White (Lot #1309), just one of 716 V-code Superbirds produced, with a matching-numbers 440-cid 390-horse V-8 and a six-barrel carburetor. Both are listed in the NASCAR Superbird list (#171 for the Tor Red, #510 for the Alpine White).
Two late-model Ford GTs are a 2018 ’67 Heritage Edition (Lot #1408) with fewer than 20 miles, and a 2017 (Lot #1377) with fewer than 80 miles, and a purpose-built trailer.
And, returning for the March event is Barrett-Jackson Cup Competition, which recognizes the talent and craftsmanship of custom car and truck builders. The competition will be limited to 50 builders or owners who will compete for prizes and the chance to earn the Barrett-Jackson Cup trophy (barrettjacksoncup.com).
Great Cars, Great Causes
In the event’s 50-year history, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise $127-plus million for more than 130 local and national charitable organizations.
With the Ford Motor Company, Barrett-Jackson will auction two VIN 001 vehicles for charity, the 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door (Lot #3008) and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Lot #3005). All proceeds from the Bronco will benefit National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound, part of Ford’s new Bronco Wild Fund mission to connect people to the outdoors. And, the all money from the Mach 1 will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s efforts against type 1 diabetes.
Another VIN 001 is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition (Lot #3004), the first of only 702 Launch Editions to be produced, with 100 percent of the hammer price to benefit United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Powered by a 702-horsepower supercharged V-8 and an 8-speed automatic, the Anvil Gray-liveried special edition has 18-inch wheels gripping 35-inch Wrangler Territory All-Terrain tires.
“This truck is the pinnacle of performance, durability and capability and has set a new benchmark for half-ton pickup trucks,” Davis explains. “Our Scottsdale auction will be the only place to still get your hands on one of these extreme performance trucks.”
General Motors will offer the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Edition VIN 001 (Lot #3007) and the first retail production 2020 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette convertible (Lot #3003), with all proceeds directed to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and The United Way for Southeastern Michigan, respectively.
The world’s first all-electric supertruck develops a resounding GM-estimated 1,000 horsepower with an estimated zero to 60 miles per hour in approximately three seconds; and, it can charge nearly 100 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes. The C8 Corvette produces 495 horsepower with the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic.
“The thrill of being the winning bidder for either one of these collectible vehicles will only be sweetened by the fact that 100 percent of the hammer price will go to benefit our nation’s veterans as well as families in need across Southeastern Michigan,” Davis says.
And, from Ford is the first-production 2010 Ford Roush Mustang Barrett-Jackson Edition (Lot #3006) with 100 percent of the hammer price benefitting the Michael Phelps Foundation, which since 2008 has provided learn-to-swim, healthy living, and goal-setting curriculum to more than 100,000 people worldwide. The Red Hot Chili Pepper-colored car is the first of only 25 built and has the 540-horsepower R2300 Roush supercharged V-8 mated to a 5-speed manual.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Michael and his wife Nicole to our March event for the auction of the very first Barrett-Jackson Edition Roush Mustang ever built,” Jackson says. “Their commitment to promoting healthy, active lives through their important work with the Michael Phelps Foundation is admirable, and we are glad we can help their efforts through this sale.”
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